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Who Is The Best James Bond?

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I'm a big fan of the latest James Bond movies. I love the action, the scenery, the car chases and the gadgets. The fact that whoever plays James Bond is easy on the eyes doesn't hurt either! And it's the kind of movie you can see with your partner, male or female, since there's enough eye candy to satisfy both.

Having said that, I have to admit that I've never seen 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service with George Lazenby playing Bond. And I never will. I mean seriously, how good could he have been in the role if he only played it once?

Moreover, although I like today's Bond movies, I'm not a big fan of the Bond movies starring Roger Moore in the title role. I always found Roger Moore, who played Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985, just a bit too pretty for the role. Never a hair out of place, his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, I found he was too suave and his portrayal never convinced me that Bond was the gritty and determined spy that Ian Fleming intended him to be. I call him the one dimensional Bond; a playboy who seemed to dabble in spy world between bedding anything with big enough boobs.

Sean Connery preceded Moore, playing Bond in five films from 1962 to 1967 and again in 1971, both before and after George Lazenby's turn at the wheel. I'll still watch these movies from time to time because, well, it's Sean Connery! He's a terrific Bond package with the looks and the accent to match. The movies themselves aren't great. After all, they're thirty to forty years old, so let's just say that they're a product of their time.

Timothy Dalton's interpretation of Bond was a welcome change from Connery's and especially Moore's. Gone was the playboy spy wannabe and in its place a character who displayed darker qualities and a sometimes reluctance to do the job he was hired to do. Playing Bond in only two films from 1987 to 1989, I loved both of them!

Pierce Brosnan, whose commitment to a television show prevented him from playing Bond earlier, is seen in four Bond movies from 1995 to 2002.

Playing Bond with a nice mix of charm and determination, I was sorry to see him relinquish the role, but can understand his reluctance to continue making more Bond films after he turned fifty. Roger Moore was also said to be somewhat embarrassed to be playing a role that had him making love to women young enough to be his daughter.

And then there is Daniel Craig. In a word, WOW! Definitely the darkest Bond of them all, Craig overcame worldwide skepticism in his abilities with the release of 2006's Casino Royale.

His performance was hailed as "brutal and cold". There's no doubt that this Bond means business; he has a job to do, and he does it very, very well.

Who is the best James Bond? Daniel Craig, no contest!

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